Ask Pat: Parking by phone.

Anonymous123 asks—

Will the city be offering pay by phone for parking? I thought that one of the reasons for these fancy new metres was so that this service could be offered. I personally find it far more convenient. I see exactly the same metres at River Market and Plaza 88 and they both offer pay by phone, yet the city does not. What gives?

Short answer: Yes. The new digital pay stations being installed are compatible with Pay-by-Phone applications. The removal of the old meters and the installation of the new ones is an ongoing process, however, and there are a few steps that need to happen in the City’s internal processes before full pay-by-phone comes on line. I hope it happens by the end of the year, and that would be a safe bet, but I’m not making any promises.

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